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Healthy Choices: Ice skating, holiday cycling, Irish dancing on tap this week

Outdoor ice skating, an indoor holiday cycling class and the last Ceili dance club class at the Buffalo Irish Center are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family in the region.


Thanksmas. 6 p.m., indoor cycling class followed by raffle and social gathering at 7, Terrie’s Workout Center, 1473 Hertel Ave., at Sterling Avenue, North Buffalo, Bring in three nonperishable food items to donate to the Food Bank of WNY; cash donations are also welcome. For more info, call 833-6529 or visit

HELLO. Helping Every Life Live On, a family support group for those who have loved ones with addiction challenges, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Village Community Center, 107 Prospect Ave., Hamburg. For more info, call 836-0822, Ext. 164 or email


The Innisfree Ceili Dance Group will host its last class Tuesday evening in the Buffalo Irish Center. (Buffalo News file photo)

The Innisfree Ceili Dance Group will host its last class Tuesday evening in the Buffalo Irish Center. (Buffalo News file photo)

Innisfree Ceili Dance Group. Last evening for this class is 7:45 p.m., Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Road. For more info, contact, call 627-5966 or visit $1 donation.


Meditation and relaxation. 11 a.m., Karuna Yoga Buffalo, 777 Maple Road, Amherst. Learn and practice traditional meditation to cultivate joy, happiness, relaxation, concentration and skill in everyday living. For more info, visit

Medicaid and Child Health Plus info session. BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York and the Rural Outreach Center will host an enrollment-assistance session from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the ROC, 730 Olean Road, East Aurora. Call 331-4844 for more information or to set up an appointment.


Writing and well-being workshop. 6 to 7:30 p.m., Talking Leaves Bookstore, 3158 Main St., regional writers from the Mental Health Association’s workshop, the Restoration Society’s Englewood Drop in Center, and the Center for Self Discovery will showcase their poetry and prose at a community holiday reading and reception. To attend or participate, contact Lisa Maria Cruz at 886-1242, Ext. 310 or email The workshop embraces both beginning artists, who may be writing for the first time, as well as our more seasoned veterans. The group provides a forum for writers to express themselves in a safe environment; 95 percent of participants say it helps them in their recovery.


Little Pretzels Yoga. 9 a.m., Power Yoga Buffalo, 758 Elmwood Ave. To sign up or for more info, visit $10.

Open ice skating. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., also 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday,  3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, The Ice at Canalside, Scott and Main streets. Hours may vary depending on weather conditions. Visit for more information.  $6 for ages 13 and over: $4 for 6-12; free for 5 and under. Skate rentals costs $5 (toddler size 9 to an adult 13); locker rental costs $3. Show your BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York membership card and receive a $1 off skate admission and $1 off skate rental discount.

Tai Chi. 9 a.m., next Saturday, Clarence Hollow Wellness Center, 10946 Main St., Clarence. For info, visit Eight classes for $80; also 10 a.m., Peaceful Water Health and Fitness, 1914 Colvin Blvd., Town of Tonawanda. Try two classes for $20. For more info, visit

Invisible Illness Game Night. 6 p.m., Denny’s, 4610 Genesee St., Cheektowaga. Peer-to-peer support group for people ages 18 to 45 who suffer from physical “invisible” illnesses.

Elmwood Village Winter Market. 9 a.m., Buckham Hall, SUNY Buffalo State, near the Grant Street side of campus along Rockwell Road. Free parking will be available during market hours; Lot R-13 is recommended for convenience. Also Horsefeathers Winter Market. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Market at Horsefeathers, 346 Connecticut St.


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